I Deviate

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imageConfessions* of
“an older, white woman” **
A struggling attempt

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I Deviate

Work these days
consists mainly of
word choices
page breaks
300 dpi cover photo construction
margin justifications
publishing standards:
Book Release.

But
I deviate.
Stop.
Shift focus
to
mourn
pray
weep
rage
lament
pound my desk
agonize
all
because of
NINE people
attacked
brutalized
dehumanized
slain.
#Charleston

These NINE
represent
hundreds
thousands
countless
who have gone
similarly.
Unjustly.
Brutally.
IN COLD BLOOD.

Deviate:
to branch off
be sidetracked
diverge
digress
detour.
The very
realization that
I
CAN
DEVIATE
is in itself
admission
of
#whiteprivilege

Black
churchgoers
family members
legislative representatives
employees
clergy
athletic coaches
professors
mothers
grandmothers
fathers
grandfathers
drivers
shoppers
students
sons
daughters

any human designation
that can be listed
CANNOT
DEVIATE.

CANNOT!

When the news
gets to be
too much
too gruesome
too graphic
too torturous
I CAN–
I…

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